Free Online World History Courses from Top Universities

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If history repeats itself, then the best way to understand the future may be to understand the past. The free courses listed in this article focus on different times and/or places in world history.
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Free World History Courses

Here are 8 online World History courses offered free by top universities: the University of Notre Dame, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Open University.

University of Notre Dame

Virtual University has obtained permission to post an Islamic Societies course from the University of Notre Dame. Learn about the history and religious practices of societies in the Middle East and North Africa.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT has a wealth of courses available in nearly every subject, world history included. In the Modern Latin America course, learn about the politics, relations and revolutions of Central and South America. The Introduction to Environmental History is a starting point for learning about humanity's effect on the planet from Columbus to the present day.

The Open University

The Open University has a brief and unusual history course, focusing on the history of textiles in Ghana.

Textiles in Ghana

Free Online World History Courses at a Glance

Course & SchoolProgram LevelFormatAssignmentsQuizzes & ExamsDownloadable
Islamic Societies: Religion, History and Culture course from University of Notre DameUndergraduate Yes No
Modern Latin America, 1808-Present: Revolution, Dictatorship, Democracy course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesYesYes
Introduction to Environmental History course from MITUndergraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
From the Silk Road to the Great Game: China, Russia, and Central Eurasia course from MITUndergraduateText LessonsNoYesYes
Nature, Environment, and Empire course from MITGraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
The World Since 1492 course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading MaterialsYesNoYes
Jewish History from Biblical to Modern Times course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesYesYes
Textiles in Ghana course from Open UniversityBeginnerText LessonsYesNoYes

Popular Schools

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    1. Ashford University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.A. - Organizational Management: Public Admin
      • MBA - Public Admin
    Bachelor's
      • B.A. - History
      • B.A. - Social Science
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Indiana Wesleyan University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. General Studies - History
      • B.S. General Studies - Liberal Arts
    Associate's
      • A.S. General Studies - History
      • A.S. General Studies - Liberal Arts
    Certificate
      • Undergraduate Certificate - General Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
      • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Arts in History for Secondary Education (ITL)
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Liberal Arts
      • Master of Arts in Museum Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
  • Cambridge, MA

    Harvard University

  • Stanford, CA

    Stanford University

  • Online Programs Available
    9. Excelsior College

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MA in Liberal Studies
    Bachelor's
      • BA / BS in History
      • BA / BS in Liberal Arts [Without Concentration]
      • BS in Liberal Arts (Professional and Technical Writing)
    Associate's
      • AS in Arts in Liberal Arts
      • AS in Science in Liberal Arts

Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

Ashford University

  • M.A. - Organizational Management: Public Admin
  • MBA - Public Admin
  • B.A. - History
  • B.A. - Social Science

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Indiana Wesleyan University

  • B.S. General Studies - History
  • A.S. General Studies - History
  • Undergraduate Certificate - General Studies

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Kaplan University

  • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
  • Bachelor: Liberal Studies

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Grand Canyon University

  • Bachelor of Arts in History for Secondary Education (ITL)

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Liberal Arts
  • Master of Arts in Museum Studies

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Penn Foster High School

  • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
  • HS Diploma

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